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What does this passport say?

This is my uncle's passport. It was issued in 1949. He was originally from Aleppo, Syria, but he lived elsewhere. I'm not certain what some of the words are (in French and in Arabic) on his passport. [more inside]
posted by jdl on May 12, 2015 - 8 answers

French Song Identification

Please help identify a song from French pop radio. [more inside]
posted by jeto on May 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Best method(s) for learning French as an adult?

I'm a Canadian in Western Canada who is interested in French, but I don't know where to begin or what is the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

How traumatic is elementary school in a language you don't speak at all?

We recently moved from Toronto to Montreal and are planning to stay here for at least a few years, possibly permanently. Our 5 year old daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall, and we would very much like to send her to a French school, but will this do her more harm than good? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Which cities in Africa speak the most French?

I want to go to Africa and learn French. I have seen an old ask mefi question asking similar, but I specifically am looking for the cities in Africa that speak French with the highest frequency, and it would be a bonus if they don't speak English (So I'll be forced to learn French). I haven't been able to google any statistics by city. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Poutine Hipster

Recently poutine came up in a convo I had with a foreigner. After they told me they visited Canada and while here made sure to try poutine, I explained to them that I was familiar with poutine before most Canadians knew what the hell it was and that in the not-too-distant past poutine wasn't well-known outside of Quebec. I estimated that it only started becoming popular outside of Quebec in maybe the late 90s. Am I off in this estimate, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 5, 2015 - 31 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

French Mefites, help me get a copy of the new Charlie Hebdo in the USA!

Hi everybody, I'm located in the USA and and would like a physical copy of the new Charlie Hebdo issue. [more inside]
posted by kurosawa's pal on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 answers

What's different between UK and US literary essay writing traditions?

I have it in my mind that US literary essays tend to be extremely clear and didactic (perhaps modelled on the five-paragraph school essay), while British essays are sometimes more open-ended and elliptical, and French essays verge on the abstract. However, I can't find any source that confirms or denies this on the internet (and searching only brings up essay content farms.) Help? [more inside]
posted by feets on Jan 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Je parle, tu parles, il parle...

Help me remember how to conjugate French properly when I talk. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

French spelling question - rýsistant aux instead of résistant aux

I bought some French glassware (Lys brand) recently, and the descriptions on the box had some unusual spellings that I hadn't encountered before. É was changed to Ý ("résistant aux" was written as "rýsistant aux"), and À was changed to Ô (so "adapté à" became "adaptý ô"). Can someone explain this for me?
posted by Auden on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What music is being used in this trailer?

There is a hilarious parody of the new Star Wars trailer done in the style of Wes Anderson. Does anyone know what music is being used? All I can tell is that the singing is in French. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Dec 6, 2014 - 3 answers

How do you say Zbornak in French?

I've decided in my quest to learn French, I am going to alternate between watching an episode of my favorite show -- The Golden Girls -- dubbed in French and watching the same episode subtitled in French. I've found a few episodes of the subtitled version online -- where can I find more of these AND the dubbed version? Does this even exist? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 19, 2014 - 2 answers

What French movie is playing in this short?

Which French (presumably New Wave) movie is playing here? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the French neighbours saying?

Can anyone help me with a spot of French translation? I'm subletting in Paris and I suspect my neighbours are not keen on the idea. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Name that Quebecois pop song

In August of this year, I heard a French (presumably Quebecois) song in a karaoke bar in Montreal and for some reason it's been bugging me that I can't remember at all what it was. Can someone help me identify it based on the following sketchy and probably mis-remembered details? [more inside]
posted by mhum on Oct 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Can anyone help with lyrics on these Congolese songs?

Long shot here. I'd love to perform these songs but have no idea on the words. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Oct 27, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for French Podcasts (Non-radio)

Hello, I'm looking for some good French podcasts that aren't simply radio broadcasts, but are more conversational/comedy/interview in style. I'm thinking of podcasts like: Judge John Hodgeman, WTF, Filmspotting, Comedy Bang Bang, Savage Lovecast, Lexicon Valley, My Brother my brother and me. Does such a thing even exist in France? I'd appreciate some help if you know of anything!
posted by gotarist on Oct 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Conversation-heavy movie/show/video in French or Japanese?

I would like to go back to speaking French and Japanese and found out that it really comes back to me better after listening to people having everyday conversations in a more "natural" setting (rather than podcasts, news, etc.). Where can I find some conversation-heavy videos to watch/listen to? [more inside]
posted by perkinite on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Video of a woman speaking English with a Haitian accent?

I'd like to hear English spoken with various Haitian accents (French or Haitian Creole). I'm having a surprisingly difficult time finding a link on YouTube. The speaker's topic doesn't matter at all; I just want to hear some different Haitian-English accents, ideally spoken by women. Any links or search term suggestions? Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Wer ist der deutsche Le Petit Nicolas?

My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Which language should I learn after Italian: Spanish or French?

I plan to try to learn both eventually, it's just a matter of order. [more inside]
posted by Shadow Boxer on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I teach myself Norman French?

I mean the French used by William the Conqueror and those before and after him. I've found it difficult to find a text. There are easy-to-find books teaching one Old English and Old Norse, but not, it seems, for Norman French. Can anybody recommend one? I can find books in Norman French, but that's not the same thing as a "Teach Yourself" book. (I already can read modern French, btw.)
posted by Opengreen on Sep 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Aujourd’hui, maman est morte

I really like learning French through comparisons, translations, and idioms. I also want to understand the idiosyncrasies of the language. What resources can I find for this? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Name this French pop song

I only know four things about the song I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Name this French actress

I have bought the movie "Blue is the Warmest Color" on DVD, and now I would like to know the name of one of the actresses of the movie. [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to learn languages in interactive way?

What's the best way to learn languages (particularly French and German) through software or online which a) does NOT rely on long lectures, b) teaches sufficient grammar and vocabulary to read moderately complex books, and c) is interactive (if possible with a clear measure of progress) and d) self-paced?
posted by shivohum on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Philosophy class in French lycees

It is my understanding that French high school students take a year-long philosophy course in the last year of the lycee. So what's it like in this course, anyway? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

French music recommendations needed!

Hi! I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff! Merci!
posted by LemonGardot on Jun 24, 2014 - 53 answers

Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Did I translate this poem into French correctly?

Did I translate this poem into French correctly? I'm looking more along the lines of grammar and vocabulary usages and so forth. (This is not a homework assignment; I just did it for fun.) [more inside]
posted by joethefob on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you help me identify this French movie?

Can you help me identify this French movie? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on May 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Name of European movie about couple's marital problems

Calling all movie buffs -- I saw a trailer for a movie, but I have forgotten its name. It was European, probably French. It was about a married couple. They were both white. The man had brown hair and was heavier set, but I might be wrong. The woman had brown hair and was normal build. The man was older than the woman, but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by n81acc on May 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Long reads en français

Hi mefi, can anyone recommend sites/writers that post interesting longer articles in French? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Vintage shaving creams in France

What shaving creams were popular in France in the '60s?
posted by ferdinandcc on May 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Paris in June for a Month - Help!

Flat for entirety of June in Paris, with my British sister meeting me in Deauville for two days. I haven't left the USA since before 9/11, and my partner hasn't since he was a kid. I need ALL THE ADVICE: apps to help, other day trips, is Italy feasible sans car, June weather, language sites -- I am combing MeFi but am just overwhelmed, and fearful older content is out of date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Studying Russian Literature in France

What do modern-day students in France think of the use of French in Russian literature?
posted by slowlikemolasses on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Good French-English Dictionary Offline App for Android w/ Speech ?

Looking for a good French-English Dictionary Offline app for Android w/ Speech, as well as a program that does the same thing I can install on my laptop [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Apr 25, 2014 - 4 answers

How to identify particularly good French translations of English books?

My SO prefers reading in French, and I'm introducing her to some of my favourite English-language books. Is there a site somewhere that I can use to look up which books are agreed to have really great translations from English to French? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me be francophone again

I need to return to my French language oral fluency by mid-October. What are your best tips and tricks to resuscitate your language skills? Websites? Podcasts? Structured systems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Romantic restaurant in Paris for less than 100 euros (give or take)?

We'll be in Paris on March 13th and 14th. We're staying very close to the Musée d'Orsay but we're willing to travel off the beaten path. Currently we've found Les Climats which seems highly regarded and right up our alley in terms of menu. However... [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Mar 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to get feedback on a French play?

My friend is a French expat living in the USA and is almost finished writing a play--in French. She is looking for some feedback on her work from people who are decent speakers of French and know enough about writing for theater, or fiction in general, but it's been surprisingly difficult to find such people. Do you have any ideas for helping her find such people? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

expressing myself in a second language

I am a university student who takes french as a minor alongside law. My law essays are well received, and even when I miss the mark on the question my professors say I have expressed myself and written a good essay. In french, the opposite is true. I'm struggling with basic structure and linking of my ideas in this second language. Any help or advice? [more inside]
posted by Braeburn on Feb 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Local Paris television news online

I'm looking for daily local video news from Paris, France, in French, online. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Metafilteresque French sites?

Does anyone know of any sites kind of like Metafilter, but in (or at least primarily in) French? I leave "like Metafilter" to your discretion, but mainly I'm thinking of the commenting culture more than "list of links" - an active commenting userbase with generally high quality discussion. I see that this question has been asked in AskMe before, but the sites in the answers seem to all be dead, or turned into shopping sites, or were jokes in the first place (like a link to Google Translate's translation of Metafilter itself).
posted by Flunkie on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Decyphering this handwritten antique French legal document/curio

I need some help in translating further a curio I purchased recently - a short handwritten legal document (approx. 100 words) from Toulouse France, dated year 1672. My paid help has given up, so I am appealing to you! [more inside]
posted by 2ears1mouth0brain on Jan 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you identify this French movie I saw maybe 8 years ago?

I saw this movie on either IFC or The Sundance Channel about 8-10 years ago. It was almost certainly French, though I suppose it's possible it could have been from Belgium or something -- but it had a very, very French feel. Here's what I remember: (some of the memories may be incorrect) [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jan 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me teach myself French

I have some very basic French language skills, and I would like to develop them to the level of working proficiency over the next few months (I am prepared to study hard). I am enrolled in a class and have a tutor. What are some other resources (preferably free ones) that I can work with my own time in order to accelerate my learning as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Please sort this French language reading list into a sensible order!

I have a small stack of French language more-or-less classic books to read. My French reading is okay but I need a dictionary frequently. My aims in reading them are to improve my reading knowledge of French and to reduce the number of books I have bought but not yet read. (And also to enjoy them in the usual way.) What is a sensible order to tackle these in so that the exotic-ness of the vocabulary, and any other sorts of language comprehension demands, rise progressively? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Jan 6, 2014 - 6 answers

I don't get this French joke

A colleague of mine brought some candy back from France, and there are silly jokes written on the inside of the wrappers. Most of them are cute enough, but there's one that uses a word that I don't know and can't find a definition for. Is it just a nonsense word? [more inside]
posted by spielzebub on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

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